Parkinson's disease exercise class

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is offering an exercise class to people with Parkinson's disease from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 19 and 26 at Village Oaks Assisted Living, 1919 W. Carla Vista Drive, Chandler. Classes are designed to focus on the symptoms of the disease and can be performed at the seated level to meet the abilities of each individual. Wear comfortable clothes and socks.

The cost is $5 (cash or check), and pre-registration is required by calling (602) 406-6903.


Healing Pathways Medical Clinic offers workshops

Healing Pathways Medical Clinic is offering the following workshops:

• ADD/ADHD Misdiagnosed and Overmedicated, 6 to 8 p.m. May 19, Sunflower Farmer's Market Natural Living Department, 4402 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale.

• Autism, Pieces of the Puzzle, 6 to 8 p.m. May 21, Sunflower Farmer's Market Natural Living Department, 1706 E. Southern Ave., Tempe.

• Lose the Fat, Live Healthy Seminar, 6 to 8 p.m. May 26, Nature's Health Shoppe, 973 W. Elliot Road, Chandler.

• Down Syndrome Hidden Miracles, 7 to 9 p.m. May 28, Sign of the Whale restaurant, 1706 E. Warner Road, Tempe.

• Autism, Pieces of the Puzzle, 6 to 8 p.m. June 11, Nature's Health Shoppe, 973 W. Elliot Road, Chandler.

• Overcoming Addictions, 6 to 8 p.m. June 24, Sunset Branch Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, Chandler.

To reserve seating, call the Healing Pathways Medical Clinic at (480) 820-6695.


Alzheimer's Inst. offers free seminars for caregivers

Banner Alzheimer's Institute will host free education seminars for caregivers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Pyle Adult Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe.

If you are a caregiver for someone with a memory disorder or Alzheimer's disease and are in need of direction, consider attending the Caregivers of Memory-impaired Persons Acquiring Successful Strategies (COMPASS) class. Attendees will learn how to successfully navigate caregiving.

Reservations are required by calling (602) 239-6850. . For more information, visit


Am I Hungry? non-diet weight management program starts May 27

Women who are done with dieting and ready to make long term lifestyle changes can participate in an eight-week Am I Hungry? non-diet weight management workshop offered by Banner Desert's Spirit of Women beginning May 27.

Am I Hungry? is a comprehensive weight management program that teaches participants to recognize and cope with their triggers for overeating and reconnect with their physical signals to guide when, what and how much to eat without restrictive diet rules. 

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle May, M.D., founder of the program and author of Am I Hungry? What To Do When Diets Don't Work, will facilitate the workshops, which will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Rosati Education Center on the campus of Banner Desert Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road in Mesa.

The fee is $300. To register, call (480) 512-6205. For more information about Am I Hungry?, visit or call (480) 704-7811.


Zumba fitness - ditch the workout ... join the party

Zumba fitness classes are offered at the Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road.

One-hour classes begin at 6 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (in June and July); 6 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (beginning in August); and 1:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday (beginning in August).

The cost is $36 a month for four classes, $64 a month for eight classes or $150 for three months for 24 classes.

For information, visit or call (480) 893-3431, ext. 2.


‘Ride the Waves' at Day on the Lake

People with physical and neurological disabilities can get their feet wet at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center's Barrow Neurological Institute's 13th annual Day on the Lake. The sports and recreation event allows participants to take part in water sports such as water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, boat rides and kayaking - activities that people with spinal cord injuries are traditionally unable to enjoy. The event is set for Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30, at Bartlett Lake Marina from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Participants must be one-year post injury and at least eight years of age to participate in activities. Children between three and eight years of age are able to fish and enjoy a boat ride.

Registration is $20 and available by calling (602) 406-3606 or visiting to download registration and waiver forms.


Injury prevention programs receive over $43K to keep children safe

The Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety has awarded $36,008 to the Kids Ride Safe community outreach program at Phoenix Children's Hospital. The grant will provide education and booster seats to 500 Head Start families through a partnership with Southwest Human Development. The grant funds will also be used to launch a bilingual booster seat media campaign during Child Passenger Safety Week in September.


Summer Spaaah Series returns

The three-time sold out Summer Spaaah Series is once again offering up a dose of spas, fun and charity as it makes the rounds at eight top-notch spas every other weekend starting May 17 in support of Fresh Start Women's Foundation, a Phoenix-based organization that empowers women in need.

The events include mini spa treatments, health and wellness classes, beauty demos, boutique discounts, fitness sessions, raffles, refreshments, goodie bags and a chance to tour the hottest spa destinations Arizona has to offer.

Tickets on sale at


Yoga classes for all levels

Certified yoga instructor Donna DiNunzio teaches yoga classes for all levels of experience from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays through May in the Community Room at the Ahwatukee Fire Station, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. The cost is by donation at the door.

For information, call (480) 330-2015.


Phoenix Children's Hospital experts featured

Topical pediatric issues are covered in depth by Phoenix Children's Hospital experts on "Empowering Our Children" radio show and Web site. Parents are encouraged to visit to learn the latest information about headaches in children, special needs, innovations in sports medicine, pediatric heart problems, autism and developmental issues.

Empowering Our Children radio show is a one hour, interactive, weekly radio program that airs 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays on KXXT 1010 AM.


Child Obesity Center announces fitness summer camp

The Child Obesity Center of Arizona is offering CAMPFIT, a five day, four night live-in intervention program June 27 to July 2 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The camp is designed for overweight adolescents ages six to 17.

The mission is to teach children and teens how to care for their health and happiness. CAMPFIT will encourage participants how to create an active, full life so that food, television and video games are less important. Participants will discuss their feelings with trained counselors and identify their needs and struggles. Participants will learn strategies on how to deal with bullying and how to boast self esteem.

The specialized interdisciplinary staff of the Child Obesity Center is an integral part of CAMPFIT and ensures parents this experience will be positive and life changing for the entire family. CAMPFIT staff include registered dieticians, certified pediatric obesity specialists, weight management and behavioral counselors and certified personal trainers.

The fee is $850 for one child, $723 per child if two children attend and $637 per child if three children attend. Partial and full sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information or to register, call (602) 413-8724 or e-mail to register.


National Bone Marrow Screening June 16 to 19

According to the Be The Match Marrow Registry (under the National Marrow Donor Program), every year more than 10,000 men, women and children get life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma and do not have a marrow donor in their family.  To live, they need to find an unrelated marrow donor whose tissue type matches their own. Patients are most likely to match donor of their same race and ethnicity. If more people joined the Marrow registry - more patients would find a donor.

The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children's Hospital will host the National Marrow Donor Program's Be The Match: MARROWTHON Donor Recruitment Campaign, from June 16 to 19. This is a chance for members of the community and employees to help give the gift of life by joining the Be The Match Registry.  The drive will take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16 in the Taylor Auditorium at Mayo Clinic, 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17 in conference room 1-212 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, 5777 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 in the front lobby of building A at Phoenix Children's Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road.

People age 18 to 60 in generally good health are encouraged to attend the drive and fill out a short questionnaire. Then a small swab of cheek cells is taken with a cotton swab to determine the tissue type to be matched against patients who need a donor. This information is then added to the Be The Match registry. No extraction of blood or marrow takes place at the event - just the screening and the swabbing. The test results are added to the Registry.

For more information, call (480) 342-0290 at Mayo Clinic or (602) 546-0824 at Phoenix Children's Hospital or visit


e-MedStick ready for launch

Larry Smith, founder and CEO of MedStick Corporation, has announced the rollout of the e-MedStick electronic medical records system for individuals.

Enclosed within a small USB drive, the portable device containing proprietary software is designed to provide instantaneous access to the owners emergency information and complete medical history from anywhere in the world, in multiple languages ... even if the owner cannot communicate.

For more information, call (480) 899-4463 or log on to


GYT: Get Yourself Tested

Planned Parenthood Arizona is participating in a nationwide campaign with MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation to officially unveil "GYT: Get Yourself Tested," a campaign to increase testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among those under 25 years of age. 

GYT kicks off with a mix of promotions on-air, online and in the real world that will unfold throughout April in recognition of National STD Awareness Month. The central hub of the campaign,, will provide comprehensive information about STDs and will direct users to the nearest testing location simply by entering a zip code. A mobile companion to, the GYT short code (49809), provides details about local testing locations to mobile phones by texting a ZIP code.

To make an appointment, call (602) 277-PLAN (7526).

For more information on the importance of getting yourself tested, visit


Free fall prevention workshop May 27

Friends of Fall Prevention, a fall prevention alliance which joins Banner Good Samaritan, Brain Injury Association of Arizona and ResCare HomeCare, will host a free community fall prevention workshop on Wednesday, May 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harris Bank in Scottsdale (34525 N. Scottsdale Road). The workshops will cover fall-related statistics, and teach attendees how to prevent falls in their homes.

Friends of Fall Prevention is a coalition that provides both community education on fall prevention and after-the-fact assistance like camps and support groups for individuals with head injuries.

Space is limited. For reservations, call (480) 951-4797.


Racing for Recovery offers support

A new Racing for Recovery support group meets 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Spinergy Cycling Studio, 12020 S. Warner-Elliot Loop, Suite 111.

Racing for Recovery offers support to anyone who has been affected by addiction - addict, family member or friend - and promotes health and fitness as a component of recovery.

For information, call Clay at (480) 252-9903, e-mail or visit


NexLev Wellness Center conducting headache study

NexLev Wellness Center, 4206 E. Chandler Blvd., is conducting a headache study, and the two-day process consists of one-hour sessions each day. Staff are looking to find possible causes that contribute to headaches.

For more information, call (480) 704-2107.


24-hour help hotline

The bilingual Helpline services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, everyday, including holidays by calling (602) 263-8856.

Specialists respond to calls from individuals seeking information or referrals to health care programs; emergency food, housing and clothing resources; drug or alcohol treatment programs; adult/child protective services; and marital and family counseling. All calls are confidential.

More information is available online at


Crohn's & Colitis Support Group

The East Valley Crohn's & Colitis Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Banner Desert Medical Center, Classroom 3D, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa.

For information, e-mail Lisa Shane at


Yin/Yang Yoga hiking retreat

Relax yourself with a worry-free trip to the Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Challenge yourself with a long hike while you take in the splendor of the canyon. Pamper and expand yourself with no driving, fine dining, entertainment, yoga classes and a rustic private cabin setting.

Donna DiNunzio (Joyful Yoga Studio) and Jeff Martens (Inner Vision Yoga) will provide transportation, trail guidance and yoga instruction during the retreat, which runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. The cost is $799 ($739 before May 15).

For more information, e-mail DiNunzio at or call (480) 330-2015.


Registration open for Walk to Empower 2009

A rewarding Mother's Day experience is just a few clicks away. Registration for the Walk to Empower at Tempe Beach Park on May 10 is now open.

The third annual Walk to Empower is a family-friendly three-mile non-competitive walk which benefits Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly known as Y-ME). Funds do not go toward research, but instead the Network of Strength provides immediate emotional relief through its 24/7 breast cancer support center for anyone affected by the disease.

Registering for the event gives participants a personal Web page to share pictures, post messages, send e-mails, track fundraising progress and thank donors.

The Mother's Day fundraiser for Breast Cancer Network of Strength will be held at Tempe Beach Park at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 10.

Information and registration is available at or by calling 1-(877) 963-7223, ext. 2730.


Free Down syndrome seminar

Families and caretakers are invited to a free workshop to learn recent advances in medical treatment for children with Down syndrome. The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Phoenix Children's Hospital Main Campus, Rosenberg Children's Medical Plaza (Building E) - Melvin Cohen Conference Center, 1920 E. Cambridge Ave.

Enter the Phoenix Children's Hospital campus off 20th Street and Cambridge, two blocks south of Thomas Road. Free parking is available in the visitor parking garage.

Registration is available online at

For more information, call Karen at (602) 546-3300.


Inner Vision Yoga offers Hawaiian retreat

Inner Vision Yoga is accepting deposits for Yoga in Hawaii, a yoga retreat to be held July 11 to 18 at the Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center. Co-owner Jeff Martens and longtime instructor Patricia Pagliuca will be your guides in the discovery of creativity and the pulse of lie that exists in all things, from leaf to ocean wave to your very fingertips.

For information on pricing, registration and accommodations, visit

Inner Vision Yoga is located in Chandler at Dobson and Ray roads and in Tempe at Guadalupe and Rural roads and offers over 80 yoga classes per week.

For more information, visit the Web site above or call (480) 632-7899.


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